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hello... I have been attempting to install slackware 9 for the past few days and it just isn't going.... I setup my partitions, one for root, one for swap, both primary, root bootable, I selected my packages to be installed, configured lilo.... all that, but when I reboot, linux won't start.... It just goes through the "loading linux..............." and locks or does nothing, I can't tell.... Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am a slackware NEWB.... just need to get me started, it is probably something stupid, I have installed many other Linux OS's. By the way, it wouldn't have hurt to have tried to install lilo on my MBR would it?
Were there any error messages when you wrote LILO to the MBR? On my system, LILO is on the MBR and I've had no problems with it. However, when I changed from RH7.2 to Slack I had to use the DOS version of fdisk to clean GRUB off the MBR.
Well, if you want to try it, you need to get a DOS bootable floppy with fdisk on it. The command is fdisk /mbr. You'll have to re-install LILO after you do that.
However, before you do that, can you boot from a Slackware boot disk and use your hard drive for root? It's been a bit, but if I remember correctly, when you boot from a floppy you can specifiy something along the lines of root=/dev/hdaX (or whatever partition you have / on). If that boots and allows you access to your hard drive, then LILO is a prime suspect in the problem. However, if you can't see your hard drive after booting from a floppy, then something else might be screwed up.